Something to think about.........

By
Real Estate Agent 9082231

While this is not exactly Real Estate related it is something a very good friend sent to me.   In my other life I'm an EMT and Dispatcher, which I have done in one way or another since 1988. 

 I do not know who wrote this, or where it came from.  If anyone reads this and knows please let me know so I can credit it properly! 

 Thank You for Reading!

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I wish you could comprehend a wife's horror at 6 in the morning as I Check
her husband of 40 years for a pulse and find none. I start CPR anyway,
hoping to bring him back, knowing intuitively it is too late. But wanting
his wife and family to know everything possible was done to try and save his
life.

I wish you knew the unique smell of burning insulation, the taste of
soot-filled mucus, the feeling of intense heat through your turnout gear,
the sound of flames crackling, the eeriness of being able to see absolutely
nothing in dense smoke-sensations that I've become too familiar with.

I wish you could read my mind as I respond to a call, Is a this false alarm
or a working fire? How is the building constructed? What Hazards await me?
Is anyone trapped?" Or to call and ask what is wrong with the patient? Is it
minor or life threatening? Is the caller really in distress or is he waiting
for us with a 2x4 or a gun?

I wish you could be in the emergency room, as a doctor pronounces dead, the
beautiful five-year old girl that I have been trying to save during the past
25 minutes, knowing she will never go on her first date or say the words, "I
love you Mommy", ever again.

I wish you could know the frustration I feel in the cab of the ambulance or
engine or cruiser, the driver with his foot pressing down hard on the pedal,
my arm tugging again and again at the air horn chain, as you fail to yield
the right-of-way at an intersection or in traffic. When you need us however,
your first comment upon our arrival will be, "It took you forever to get
here!"

I wish you could know my thoughts as I help extricate a girl of teenage
years from the remains of her automobile. What if this was my daughter,
sister, my girlfriend or a friend? What were her parent's reaction going to
be when they opened the door to find a
police officer with hat in hand?

I wish you could know how it feels to walk in the back door and greet my
parents and family, not having the heart to tell them that I nearly did not
come back from the last call.

I wish you could know how it feels dispatching officers, firefighters and
Paramedics out and when we call for them and our heart drops because no one
answers back or to here a bone chilling 911 call of a child or wife needing
assistance.

I wish you could feel the hurt as people verbally and sometimes physically
abuse us or belittle what I do, or as they express their attitudes of "It
will never happen to me". I wish you could realize the physical, emotional
and mental drain of missed meals, lost sleep and forgone social activities,
in addition to all the tragedy my eyes have seen.

I wish you could know the brotherhood and self-satisfaction of helping save
a life or preserving someone's property, or being able to be there in time
of crisis, or creating order from total chaos.

I wish you could understand what it feels like to have a little boy tugging
at your arm and asking, "Is my Mommy okay?"! , not even being able to look
in his eyes without tears from your own and not knowing what to say. Or to
have to hold back a long time friend who watches his buddy having CPR done
on him as they take him away in the Medic Unit. You know all along he did
not have his seat belt on. A sensation that I have become too familiar with.

Unless you have lived with this kind of life, you will never truly
understand or appreciate who I am, we are, or what our job really means to
us...I wish you could though.

KEEP SENDING THIS ON. APPRECIATE AND SUPPORT THE LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS, EMS
PARAMEDICS, 911 DISPATCHERS, and LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS IN YOUR AREA. ONE
DAY THEY'LL PROBABLY BE SAVING YOUR LIFE. WHEN YOU SEE THEM COMING WITH
LIGHTS FLASHING, MOVE OUT OF THE WAY QUICKLY, and THEN PRAY FOR THEM

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